New Geographies 4, Scales of the Earth, edited by El Hadi Jazairy, is now available.
The first Apollo images of the Earth have produced a perspective enabling humanity to act on Earth and its nature as if it controlled it from “outside.” The recent developments of satellite technologies have had a significant impact on the modes of representation as well as the conceptions of geography and space. This new “geography from above”—the home, the city, entire territories, the Earth itself, the Moon, Mars, and beyond—redefine our environment, subjectivities, and practices. With such tools at hand, architects conceive of the geographic as a possible scale, site of intervention, and design approach. The scale of vision, viewpoint, and qualification of space made possible by satellite imagery reframes contemporary debates on design, agency, and territory. In Volume 4 of New Geographies, we feature articles and projects that critically address the relationship of space with such modes of representation. What are the characteristics of such an integrated elevated vision, and what geographical knowledge does it bring forth? How is such an analytical space to be subsequently interpreted and experienced? What are the cultural, political, and environmental repercussions of a vision celebrated as objective and Universalist? What new global issues and debates do such scales of vision raise, and how do such visualizations of the Earth-as-home intersect with concerns of ecology and calls for global awareness?
Contributors: Robin Kelsey, Nicholas de Monchaux, Stuart Elden, Marc Angelil and Cary Siress, Stephen Graham, Nathalie Roseau, Frederic Pousin, Kelly Shannon, Bruno De Meulder and Annelies De Nijs, Nina Edwards Anker and Peder Anker, Alex Maclean, Hashim Sarkis, Adnan Morshed, Ola Soderstrom, Julien De Smedt and Ryan Neiheiser, MVRDV, Jack Dangermond and El Hadi Jazairy, Christophe Girot, Mark Dorrian, Paul Kingsbury and John Paul Jones, Theo Deutinger.
Harvard University Press 2011, 25.5cm x 20cm, 117 color & 118 halftones illustrations, 184pp. Paperback.
You can buy it here. As befits the Harvard Graduate School of Design, it is a beautiful object. There are some preview photographs here. My own piece, entitled ‘The Space of the World’, outlines some of the themes I plan to explore in the future book of that name.